Luke 1:67-79 NLT
Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:
“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us.
He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant— the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham.
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.
“And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”
Reflection . . .
Zechariah is giving praise to the Lord for after the birth of his son, John the Baptist. It is a special time because God’s promise of the Savior was being realized and his son John was the key prophet to announce the coming of Jesus the Messiah. This is one of the great “songs” in the New Testament and part of the main focus for us are these words:
Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.
God’s great mercy has shone upon us and we can rejoice in the coming of Christ to bring salvation to the world, and guide us in the path of peace.
As we walk through this Advent Season, where is your focus? Is it on family, friends, all the preparations for the holidays, shopping, gifts, etc.? Or, is it on Jesus, the light and peace that he can bring to our lives?